The Halls of Ivy was an NBC radio sitcom that ran from 1949 - 1952. It was created by Fibber McGee and Molly co-creator/writer Don Quinn before being adapted into a CBS television comedy (1954-55) produced by ITC Entertainment and Television Programs of America. British husband-and-wife actors Ronald Colman and Benita Hume starred in both versions of the show. Quinn developed the show after he had decided to leave Fibber McGee and Molly in the hands of his protege Phil Leslie. The Halls of Ivy's audition program featured radio veteran Gale Gordon (then co-starring in Our Miss Brooks) and Edna Best in the roles that ultimately went to the Colmans, who'd shown a flair for radio comedy in recurring roles on The Jack Benny Program in the late 1940s.
The Halls of Ivy featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria, a former British musical comedy star who sometimes felt the tug of her former profession, and followed their interactions with students, friends and college trustees. Others in the cast included Herbert Butterfield as testy board chairman Clarence Wellman; Willard Waterman (then starring as Harold Peary's successor as The Great Gildersleeve) as board member John Merriweather; and, Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maid.
The series ran 110 half-hour radio episodes from January 6, 1950 to June 25, 1952, with Quinn, Jerome Lawrence, and Robert Lee writing most of the scripts and giving free if even more sophisticated play to Quinn's knack for language play, inverted cliches and swift puns (including the show's title and lead characters), a knack he'd shown for years writing Fibber McGee and Molly. Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee continued as a writing team; their best-known play is Inherit the Wind.
Cameron Blake, Walter Brown Newman, Robert Sinclair, and Milton and Barbara Merlin became writers for the program as well. But listeners were surprised to discover that the episode of 27 September 1950, "The Leslie Hoff Painting," a story tackling racial prejudice, was written by Colman himself. The sponsors were Schlitz Brewing Company and then Nabisco. Nat Wolff produced and directed, Henry Russell handled the music and radio veteran Ken Carpenter was the announcer.
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February 2, 2020 Subject:
It gets better
A master of wordplay was responsible for the excellent scripts. The Colemans are mustard in their parts. Although in the first episodes you begin to wonder if toddy is suffering from some old folks type mental illness when he drifts off remembering when he first met Victoria. There is a certain charm about this series and it is a notch above most others. Highly recommended and highly praised. Intellectually satisfying- if that is what you are looking for.
July 1, 2009 Subject:
Why Aren't There More?
This is one of the series that - now that I've listened to all the episodes - I will really miss!
I wasn't a big listener to radio shows as a child. Since discovering this site, I usually listen to OTR series on my smartphone in the evening to wind down before going to sleep. I've discovered many new and entertaining series along the way, but this light-hearted comedy has to be one of my all-time favorites. Maybe it's the whimsical escape back to simpler times, when character really counted and a pinch of common sense went a long way...?
Thanks for bringing my attention to this wonderful series!